Move to the country to eat, play and shop


Colac Otway’s talented restaurateurs have no shortage of inspiration when it comes to local produce. We’ve got some young, bold chefs turning out innovative modern cuisine, as well as established restaurants with hats to their name. Fusion Restaurant for fine dining and the world famous Brae Restaurant, named in the World’s Top 50 Best Restaurants.

Our fertile farmland produces arguably some of the best meat, dairy and grain products in Australia. You might be familiar with some of our local brands, including Irrewarra Sourdough, Otway Pork, Prickly Moses beer, and everyone’s favourite – Bulla icecream!

We have some fantastic boutique food producers supplying our local restaurants, including shitake mushrooms, Gellibrand blueberries – there’s even a farmer growing truffles in our shire, although the location is a well-guarded secret!


You’ll always bump into someone you know when you go out in Colac. If you’re into the classic country pub atmosphere we’ve got that in spades, both in Colac and our surrounding towns such as Beeac, Birregurra and Pirron Yallock.

Colac also has some great smaller bars where you can shoot some pool, listen to a one-man band, relax with a wine and catch up with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. If nightclubs are more your thing – we’ve got one of those too!

Our local football, netball, cricket and bowls clubs also have an active social scene and on any given weekend you can tap into a night of entertainment with a real community spirit.


You’ll find just what you’re looking for in Colac’s thriving retail strip, as well as friendly personalised service that will make you want to shop in Colac again.

In Colac, there’s always a car park nearby, and what’s better, there are no annoying parking meters!

Whether you’re looking for a new outfit, a unique gift or something great for your home, you’ll find it in Colac.

And if you’re hankering for a retail experience with scenery attached, hit the shopping strips of Birregurra or Apollo Bay for a boutique day out shopping.

There are business incentives available in Victoria to help with relocation to regional areas such as Colac. Contact us today for more information about your move to the country.